One of the strangest stories I’ve ever heard – and I’ve been made privy to quite a few over the decades – was sent to me by reader Colin Healey.
If you thought that UFOs were simply a figment of the imagination, then Colin’s account may make you want to reappraise your stance.
“Back in the 1970s I was staying with a friend in Walsall. He was decorating his flat and I’d gone down to give him a hand for a few days.
“He put me up in the spare bedroom, which was small and a bit damp, but I didn’t mind.
“About 3.30am I woke up for some reason, although I don’t know why. Everything seemed okay at first, but then I noticed a humming sound coming from outside.
“I got out of bed and looked out of the window, and was shocked at what I saw. There was a very large saucer-shaped object in the sky.
“It wasn’t moving, but it seemed to be wobbling slightly. The humming seemed to oscillate as the thing wobbled.
“I ran into Kevin’s room and woke him up. I told him to look out of his window. He got out of bed and we both stared out of his window, and I was glad to see the craft was still there.
“It was coloured like dull aluminium and I couldn’t see any joins. It was if it was made from one piece of metal.
“I also noticed that there were no sharp edges. After a while the humming seemed to get fainter, and the craft just shot up in the air. There was a whooshing noise at the same time, and the window rattled.
“We didn’t know what to say to each other. I think we were just dumbstruck.”
Quite. I have no reason to doubt that Colin is telling the truth about what he saw. It obviously wasn’t a conventional aircraft. It was, quite simply, a stereotypical “flying saucer”.
As Colin couldn’t remember the date of his encounter, or even the year, I was unable to research any similar sightings in that area around the same time.
I could establish no motive for fakery or trickery, and he seems perfectly sincere when relating his encounter.
The question I would pose to skeptics is: On what basis should we disbelieve him – or for that matter, any of the other thousands of experients who have had similar encounters?
Some are of dubious provenance of course, but all of them? Surely not.
The simple fact of the matter is that Colin saw a saucer-shaped object outside of his friend’s flat, and his friend saw it too.
They saw it hovering there, emitting its humming sound, and then they saw it leave at great speed.
To those who deny its extraterrestrial or interdimensional origin, I’d ask them to give me a mundane explanation for the encounter. Colin has not seen a UFO since. It was his first and last close encounter.’
“Personally I don’t want to go through anything like that again. It took me a few weeks to get over it.
“Every night I was expecting to hear that humming noise. If I had of done, I wouldn’t have looked out of the window, I can assure you.”
Colin’s friend Kevin confirmed the story. The only difference was that he claims he was already awake when Colin came bursting into his bedroom.
It’s a minor discrepancy, and other than that both accounts dovetail in all the essential details.
What did Colin and Kevin see that day? I think the simple thing is to say what it wasn’t; a conventional aircraft. It was a UFO, obviously mechanical in nature and under intelligent control.
Dozens of other people around the world will be having similar encounters this Christmas, and thousands in the New Year. Maybe you’ll be one of them ...
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